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A superior two-star hotel, the Oliver Plaza, London, is a small, family-run hotel in a Georgian townhouse. It offers value for money in one of London’s most popular tourist areas, and is suitable for either business or leisure trips.
The Oliver Plaza is just around the corner from Earls Court tube station (which is the closest station to the hotel), and enjoys a fine location from which to explore West London. There is easy access to the refined shopping districts of Kensington and Knightsbridge, which are only a couple of stops away on the tube. After the arrival of the Metropolitan Line in 1867 Earls Court quickly developed from a series of market gardens and fields into the leafy suburb it is today. It is home to the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, which puts on some of the largest trade and consumer shows in the country, including Crufts and the Royal Tournament. The area has been subject to repeated waves of immigration, and it became known as the Danzig Corridor after the Second World War when there was a lot of Polish immigration. This has led to house prices in the area remaining slightly more affordable than in the rest of the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and has also led to a slightly more diverse, bohemian feel than some of the more cloistered suburbs. During the 1980s the area was home to a lot of Australians and New Zealanders and became affectionately known as Kangaroo Court. Today Earls Court Village is the hub of much of Britain’s Filipino community and it has a number of Asian restaurants, which reflect this welcome diversity.
The Oliver Plaza does not have its own restaurant but, given the area that it is in, there is a huge number of dining options open to the visitor in the roads surrounding the hotel. These range from Portuguese (Nandos) to Japanese (Wagamama) to traditional English pubs. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, as well as a lift and luggage store for dealing with suitcases. There is a concierge service, and sightseeing tours and excursions can be arranged. There is Internet access in the public areas, but no free Wi-fi, and no Internet access in the rooms. Parking is available at the Oliver Plaza, but a fee is charged, so the NCP in nearby Warwick Road might be a preferable option.
The Oliver Plaza could not be more convenient for Earls Court station, as it is literally just a couple of minutes walk. If you have business or a trip planned in Earls Court itself, the station could not be handier, and, through the Piccadilly Line, there is a direct link to Heathrow Airport for international visitors. Getting into the centre of town if you wish to visit the West End or some of London's many attractions are also very easy, as the Piccadilly Line will take you straight to Leicester Square.
The Oliver Plaza is a comfortable choice with no real frills that offers good value for money in a desirable area of London. Earls Court is a vibrant community, and it offers good access to much of the rest of London.